Pulsed light zaps down the hair shaft into the follicle, where it destroys the hair's root. Within a week or two, that hair falls out, never to be seen again. But hair grows in cycles, so to get completely hairless in any area, takes around 7 sessions, with a touch-up once a year thereafter.
Does it Hurt? Where the hair is thicker, yes, it can feel like a rubber band being snapped on you, pretty hard. But other areas you can barely feel at all.
Tip: If you’re on the West Coast, head to iGlow Med Spa in Beverly Hills, which is the best in the business and where I had my treatment. It was excellent. Nataly Gold, the owner, has both the regular laser for white skins (which works best with brunette hairs) and also the Nd:YAG equipment, which is the only laser safe for black skin. www.Iglowmedspa.com
Cost: between $150 and $1000, depending on how many areas you wish to treat.
Photo Credit: Courtesy Louise Roe